This week on social: Preparing for general conference

This week on social media, Church leaders emphasized the importance of preparing for general conference, and shared stories about hiking and family history.

On Sept. 30, Sister Lisa Harkness, first counselor in the Primary general presidency, shared a story about attending general conference when she was in sixth grade. There were no tickets during that time, so everyone stood in a long line and waited to be let in.

When she and her family took their seats, a large pillar blocked her view of the pulpit.

“At first I was very disappointed. But as the Church leaders began to speak, I realized that I could perfectly hear every word from every speaker, including the prophet,” Sister Harkness wrote. “My testimony grew that day because I learned that I did not have to see the prophet to understand his message and feel the Savior’s love.”

Although it may not be possible to see the Prophet and other Church leaders as hoped, Sister Harkness promised that “the Spirit will teach you the lessons suited for you, regardless of how you experience general conference.”

When I was in sixth grade, my family traveled from Southern California to visit Utah and attend general conference. Back…

Posted by Lisa L. Harkness on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Elder Neil L. Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles extended an invitation to prepare for general conference in a video on Sept. 30. He offered three specific suggestions to help listeners prepare.

“I promise you that you will get answers you need as you prepare yourself for this important time,” Elder Andersen said.

We are looking forward to #GeneralConference in just a few days. We look forward to being with you. It will be a time of…

Posted by Neil L. Andersen on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

In a  Sept. 27 post, Sister Reyna Isabel Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, wrote about how the words found in Helaman 5:12 have been in her mind as she prepares for general conference. 

“My hope is that we can all prepare our hearts and minds so our eyes can see and our ears can hear what our Savior would have us learn during general conference so we can go and act accordingly,” she said.

I love this time of the year when we can already feel the anticipation of general conference coming soon. The words…

Posted by Reyna I. Aburto on Sunday, September 27, 2020

On Sept. 29, Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham posted on Facebook about general conference and the opportunity it provides to be united spiritually.

“As I think of this great spiritual gathering, I can picture your faces and feel the strength of your testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ,” she wrote. “I can hardly wait to be with you!”

My dear sisters from around the world, we miss you! We miss seeing your bright faces and sharing experiences with you….

Posted by Jean B. Bingham on Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon shared on Sept. 25 four lessons from one of her girls’ camp leaders that have stayed with her throughout her life.

“Sister Newbold’s influence has lasted a lifetime for me,” she said. “What lessons did your Young Women leaders teach you?”

So many of you have posted wonderful stories about your Young Women leaders! Now I have to share about my girls’ camp…

Posted by Bonnie H. Cordon on Friday, September 25, 2020

In a Sept. 30 post, Sister Cordon wrote about how she was inspired by a young woman who wrote down 150 ways that she sees the Savior in other people as part of the “My 150” challenge. As part of her general conference preparation, Sister Cordon has been looking for evidence of Christ in the people around her.

“As I’ve thought about this idea more, I’ve realized that this is one of the ways that I ‘hear Him’ in my life,” she wrote. “While our current world may be full of confusion and chaos, we can still find evidence of the Savior’s hand all around us.”

One of the fun ways that I have been preparing for #GeneralConference is to look for evidence of Christ in the people…

Posted by Bonnie H. Cordon on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

On Sept. 28, President Russell M. Nelson shared a Tweet about developing faith through life’s trials.

Sister Michelle Craig, first counselor in the general Young Women presidency, shared an insight she gained from a recent hike in a post on Sept. 27.

“The trail was uphill, and having never been on this hike before we didn’t know when we would reach our desired destination — we just kept climbing,” she said. “The reward was indeed worth the effort when we came to a beautiful little lake we had never seen before.”

She explained how when enduring trials, “the pace is not as important as is our effort — that we keep trying to put one foot in front of the other.”

“The Lord loves effort — and we should as well!” she wrote.

“The Lord loves effort, because effort brings rewards that can’t come without it” (in Joy D. Jones, “An Especially Noble…

Posted by Michelle D. Craig on Sunday, September 27, 2020

In a post on Sept. 28, Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles posted a series of old family photos. As Elder and Sister Uchtdorf have been organizing family photos and documents, they realized they are the only living people who can identify the people and places in some of the photos.

“We recognized the value of keeping records so that our children and their posterity have access to these memories too,” Elder Uchtdorf said.

As he looks at the examples of his ancestors, he gains “emotional and spiritual strength from their legacy of faith, their courage and perseverance, their love and goodness.”

“It helps me to look at the uncertainties and challenges of our day with a sure hope and peaceful confidence that in the end, we too can rely on the Savior, His gospel, and His Church to prevail,” he wrote.

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This year Harriet and I have spent some time organizing old family photos and documents. We have relived the stories of our ancestors, some of whom joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first in 1947, 100 years after the Saints arrived in the Salt Lake Valley. It was a spiritual experience to see those photos and remember those who came before us. We realized that Harriet and I are the only living people who can identify the people and places shown in some of these photos, and we recognized the value of keeping records so that our children and their posterity have access to these memories too. We felt that we were building bridges and opening doors between past and future generations so that they may know where they came from and who went before. I love to look at the examples of my ancestors and gain emotional and spiritual strength from their legacy of faith, their courage and perseverance, their love and goodness. It helps me to look at the uncertainties and challenges of our day with a sure hope and peaceful confidence that in the end, we too can rely on the Savior, His gospel, and His Church to prevail. Photo descriptions: 1. Youth conference in Berlin Grunewald, 1949. 2. “4th floor, last door.” Frankfurt, Germany, home of the Reich family with Elder Gary Jenkins on the left. 3. Young adult party at the home of a recently baptized young single adult in Frankfurt. 4. Young adults at the home of a recently baptized young single adult (front right). 5. Balcony of our new home in West Germany, 1954. Me with my parents and sister. On the right is a pioneer German member of the Church, Sister Walker, with her daughter and granddaughter. 6. Friedrichsdorf Main Street, August 1987. During a break of the Frankfurt temple dedication—my son, Guido, and I walking the town with Apostles!

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